How to Become a Tattoo Artist

Tattoo artists seem to have a lot of fun at their jobs. They create beautiful and intricate artwork on the skin of their clients. You can express your creativity as a tattoo artist as well as make a lot of money. If you have artistic talent, then this may be the right career for you.

Consider your skill level. If you wish to become a tattoo artist, then obviously you're going to have to know how to draw. Taking art classes at a local college can help you develop your talent.

Put together a portfolio of your drawings. Tattoo artists must build a portfolio, much like regular artists. Put your best pieces and designs into your portfolio.

Train under an experienced tattoo artist. Check with local shops about working with the current staff to gain experience. See if they will offer a paying position, otherwise you may have to get hired as an unpaid apprentice.

Learn everything that you need to know about tattoo application. This includes instruction on how to use the equipment, sterilization requirements and the correct way to give a tattoo.

Apply at a shop that is hiring artists. After you have completed your training, you'll be ready to apply for a paid position or perhaps open your own shop.


You may need several years of experience working with a tattoo artist before you are ready to begin applying tattoos on your own. Tattoos are permanent markings and need to be expertly applied. The average training period for a tattoo artist who is completing an apprenticeship is two to three years.

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